Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,076
Hads: 4,699
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,588
Gots: 1,588 | FT: 121
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008

Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.
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Reviews: 1,076 | Hads: 4,699
Photo of Navypride48
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You would think that this beer would taste horrible. I mean who mixes wine and beer? But no surprisingly great! The smell of the grapes that give a sweet but yet spicy smell mixed with the malts and hops of the beer make a great pair. This is not for the average beer drinker. But if you love wine and not beer this is your perfect medium. (339 characters)

Photo of SickBrew
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My folks brought this back from their "Wine" tour in norther CA along with a few select beers.

Uncorked a 750 ml bottle with my bro-in-law over the weekend and decanted the brew into a couple of oversize wine glasses. It pours a ruby brown and is capped by a finger of off white head that dissipates to a subtle ring. Nose immediately reminds me of beers like The Dissident. Sour, fruity twinges pop up each nostril just daring for another whiff. Aromas are however, a bit milder than some other, almost overpowering sour ales.

Flavor is tart, sour, fruity, acidic, oaky and altogether complex. Besides being a big sour ale, the flavors are a bit difficult to describe and really require an individual palate test. Mouthfeel is medium and supported by some fine carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding beer that masks it 10% ABV. It would go well with some tender hoofed wild game. (888 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Transluent brown in color. Bubbly head quickly fizzes away and leaves remnants on the top of the brew.

S-Smells very tart. Strong vinegar whiffs. Sour fruits. Aged in Cab Sauv barrels and you can tell.

T-Delicious. I love this. Super-sour. Ultra tart cherry. Less vinegar than the nose. Hints of rich dark chocolate. Leaves the tongue scorched by the menacingly sour taste.

M-Very carbonated but fairly heavy on the body. Slick and memorable.

D-I only have one of these and I wish I had many, many more. Excellent. Alcohol is masked perfectly. The harsh taste leaves you wanting more. (591 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

10.5 oz pour into a tulip at Union Jack's. One of these times I'll do a more thorough review from a bottle, but this will suffice for now....

This is a great beer for catching wine enthusiast's or non-beer believers off guard in what they think a beer can be. Glass is filled carefully and slowly to the lip, leaving no room for a head and initially served a little too cold. Color is a murky, reddish brown, fairly clear and viscous looking. Strong vinous aroma, balanced and alternating oaky, mild vanilla sweetness with acidic funky dark fruit sourness. Flavor is deep, dark and complex. At colder temps the sour and funky dominates ripe apple, cider-like, tart cherries, berries, Brett-funk, etc. Warming up this becomes much more complex as the sweeter wood flavors reveal themselves and turn this into even more of a sipper. Sharp mouthfeel, fuller bodied and moderate carbonation and lingering finish, relatively dry. I still prefer Supplication to this, but that's not really a bad thing. Not easiest to approach of the RR wilds if you're not a fan of the style, but if you are this is exceptional. (1,107 characters)

Photo of zminor
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a Bruery tulip glass

A- A beautiful almost totally opaque amber. Very hard to see through unless right next to a light.

S- Richly textured plums and currants; the Cabernet comes through very strongly. Like smelling a fruity, carbonated Cab.

T - Ahhh. Wow. Sour currants, some dark cherry, and maybe hints of plum. Perfectly balanced.

M/D- Really solid - the carbonation matches very well. Light, crisp feel that seems like a combination between a fine Cab Sav and a fantastic beer. I could drink this all day.... try it with some Jalapeno jack cheese. (576 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a tulip

P: Golden brown from the bottle, and sits a crimson-soaked plum in the glass. The tall head is light tan, loose and frothy with bubbles frolicking happily about for what seemed like an eternity! It finally sank to form a thick cap on the surface. Looks very good!

A: Deliciously powerful aroma that could clear even the most congested nasal passages. Cherries, cranberries, plums, and grapes are all here. Also, I can definitely smell the Cabernet in there along with that pungeant barnyard funk.

T: Wow! Tart cherries from the jump just explode onto the scene along with dried cranberries, juicy raspberries, and green apple skins that lend their sourness in tongue-puckering fashion. Plums and grapes lay underneath for some sweet fruitiness that provides a nice contrast to the sourness. That beautiful Brett funkiness hits hard in the middle, lending a flavor that reminds me of pungeant cheese. Alcohol is undetectable in ethanol form, but the cabernet flavors add to an already great profile. Awesome!

M & D: Consecration sports a medium-light body that feels like champagne. Nice prickly bubbles dance on the tongue from the rather high carbonation. Drinkability is good as I really enjoyed every drop of this bottle, but I couldn't have another. This one deserves to be savored!

Notes: Damn! This is one hell of a ride! Very fruity, very sour, very funky, very intoxicating, and very good. Another perfect example of why people go ape-shit over Vinnie's concoctions. If you love sours, you owe it to yourself to get a hold of this one! Highly recommended (1,588 characters)

Photo of pastradul
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Some friends picked up a bottle at B.L.A.H. for my birthday.

Pours a dark burgundy, with a slight pink head a little less then an inch thick. it goes away pretty quick.

the currents really come out in the beer! Gives it an earthy dry smell, lots of fruit sweetness is upfront with a bit a tartness on the nose.

The taste and mouth feel is just amazing. very smooth mouth feel with a slight tingle of carb on the tongue. Up front is a strong tart hello, then followed by a very sweet taste of blackberries followed by currents.

Really a great beer! I think I might like this more then supplication? (602 characters)

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch # 004X2

A: Golden-amber, with mahagony tones. Clear though bottom of bottle has a slight haze. Little to no foam.

S: The first whiff gives one the indication of a very special brew. Oak barrel influenced, soured, semi-dark fruits. It's inviting and mysterious.

T: First impression is refreshingly tart and dry. The after taste is unbelieveably enticing but I can't separate the various flavor notes. It's a complex blend of taste sensations, and all morphing together then separting, but in the end very inviting. Never would guess the high abv in tastings.

D: RR has taken beers to a different level, which I mean in the most respectfull way. The aroma is as almost as attractive as the taste. As a fan of Imperial Stouts and big IPAs, at times I don't think I have the sosphistication for sours and wild ales, but this brew is easy to understand. The subelty of the complexity of this brew is the amazing skill of the brewer. So, the downside of loving RR is the difficulty in obtaining. Joy of the hunt. (1,017 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look is solid. large head that passes quickly, leaves a solid clear body that is amber. is the color of rich mahogony wood, deep and sophisticated.

Funky bretty smell, of dark fruits, from the currants i would assume, but they really do come through. woody and winey, bit of vinegar.

Starts off with a bit of sweetness and tart that mix around and then fade into a big sour dry aftertaste. leather and wood, grapefruit on the finish, green apples, dark fruit.

great high carb mouthfeel, and i could drink this all the time until the 10% gets me, which is the only thing keeping it from being a higher score there. lovely beer. (630 characters)

Photo of kornkid8600
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The taste is of oakiness, dark fruits, currants, a lot of the wine flavors really come in. Smells amazing, its a lot like wine, but its well carbonated, infact when the cork came off it started overflowing immediately.

Poured into a stemless wide sniffer. The bubbles kept flowing up from the bottom of the glass once it was poured. Dark brown, little head that disappears quickly, little lacing. It has a tart and sour taste, its pretty sour, but its actually pleasant.

If you're a beer noob I'd probably wait a bit as there's a lot of complexity, keep trying other stuff, heavier stuff. Because I had my friend's sisters try it and they gave that puckering look from the sourness.

I can't really fault the beer, but $23 is a LOT of money for beer. If it was 10-12 bucks I'd pick it up all the time, but this is something you should try once.
I'm still going to go try the other Russian River sours as I come across them.

Batch 04x04 (938 characters)

Photo of davod23
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 3 poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a deep, clear garnet. A light beige head rises up and fizzles away immediately - and I do mean immediately. I barely had time to note the color before it was gone. Ah well, that's expected in a big sour like this one. Holding the beer up to the light, there are the most beautiful shimmering golden highlights. Beautiful.

Smell is good. I believe that I am sensing a pattern where my lowest score for my reviewed beers tends to be on the aroma. I don't know why that is - but often I wish that the aroma was more in my face. That's the case here. I am getting plenty of sour fruit here, mostly currants, red berries and perhaps a bit of raisin and cherry. Smells sour. A hint of the barrels, and I can detect red wine from the cabernet. Very inviting, if not as robust as I would like ideally.

Taste is superb. Massive sour fruit kick, currants and berries mostly. This is sour, but not puckeringly so - there is a sweetness that offsets it nicely. Tannic, oaky. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Robust. Especially full mouthfeel for the style. The lack of head belies the active carbonation.

I drank a full 750 of this two nights ago, and I'm doing it again tonight. This is INSANELY drinkable for a 10% American Wild. Insane.

This is my second-favorite Russian River sour behind Supplication. Highly, highly recommended. (1,373 characters)

Photo of avaccani
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 004X2

Poured into a New Belgium Tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear Mahogany with a very small off white head that vanishes into a fine ring that follows the glass down.

S - I am getting some Brett funk, leather, barnyard, some dark fruit, figs, plum, and a touch of oak.

T - Sour, Tart, Puckering Tart, oakey, and fruity in that order. Sourness starts off on first sip, followed by a nice tartness that increases until it puckers you. Then some of the oak is shining through followed by the dark fruit. Simply amazing. An incredible showcase of flavors.

M - On firt glance your thinking full bodied, but this is really light on the tounge. Very deceiving on carbonation. The sourness makes you feel like it has alot of carbonic bite, when in reality it is very lightly carbed.

O - This is the best sour I have ever had. The complexity is overwhelming. This is so masterfully crafted that it rivals the finest Bordeaux blends. This should be on every beer lovers bucket list. (984 characters)

Photo of abecall98
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle a while back. Saving it for a nice day, and what a better day than my last finals? I tried it the first time at the brewery during the release.

A - This beer looks amazing. A nice cherry dark red with a smooth half inch creamy head.

S - The smell is sour upfront, followed by a nice sweetness.

T - Sour Sour Sour. This beer starts off very sour and slows into a bitter cherry flavor. The sweetness finishes off this nice beer.

M - This beer is perfectly carbonated. The head hits your lips smoothly, and the dry finish leaves you wanting more.

D - This beer is one of those heavy hitters that you want to drink it all day, all night, but also want to savor it and take your time. Also, you would'nt want to session this at the price, but that does not reflect on the rating :). This beer however, can be overpowering due to the sourness, but other than that, high drinkability.

I am glad I waited for a nice day to enjoy this gem of a beer. RR hits another amazing beer. (992 characters)

Photo of impending
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

A+

at the source. Served a deep cheery purple walnut, beautiful garnet backlit, minor froth minor stay, minor lacing.

intoxicating aroma
outstanding depth, so many nuances you can focus on
plum, sour cherry, oaky, vinous
delicious

the flavor is up to the task promised by the scent
one of the few brews that makes my mouth water while drinking it
all the fruits, tart to perfection, sometimes tobacco

mouth tingling shy of medium

simply fantastic
cheers
jd (461 characters)

Photo of lunarbrew
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark amber red with a lot of fizz and little head to speak of. Not much lacing and a lot of apparent (champagne-like) carbonation.

Lots of red fruit (cherry, currant) with big red wine nose. Lactic is big. Tart apples. Sour fruits. blah blah blah. Smells and looks like an fruity oud bruin. My kind of beer. Can't wait.

This is phenomenal. I like this much better than Supplication. Flavors are bold, very complex, and quite tart. The wine flavor is big but not overpowering. Definitely get the red grape on the back end and even some tannin bitterness. Sour cherry and currant again, naturally. I also get a vinegar flavor, but it's subtle. Not exactly red wine vinegar, but almost balsamic. Or is it apple cider? I can't put my finger on it. Absolutely incredible flavor.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodied, high champagney carbonation. Tannin on the backend.

This is an amazing sour. I defiantly have a world yet to explore, but this is the sour flavor (at least) I have been looking for. Perhaps it's a more obvious beer than supplication (the only other RR sour I've had), but I appreciate that aspect. I really really enjoy this. (1,149 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from tap into goblet at hulmeville inn pa. Pours a ruby brown with ever so slight rim of thin foam. Awesome funky wine barrel oak and currant aromas. Taste is pefect tart cherry and currant with perfect funky oak barrel. Some hints of wine but is so smooth from the oak. Its nearly perfect in every way...
I was so pumped to have this...way more than worth it! (367 characters)

Photo of ajramirez1
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Very nice looking beer. Labeled a wild ale and its def a solid sour beer. Not a huge fan of sour beer at this point but i can handle them. This beer is awesome. 10% stands out but the taste is so good. The smell is outstanding.

I believe its worth the hype. His beer would just get better with age. Rating may be higher if i had my wild ale/sours under my belt. Comparing this with Brux, another wild ale. Brux is avg at best, brrr is $$$.

A- (472 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled in a goblet from a 375ml bottle purchased while on business in the bay area.

A - Reddish brown and hazy with a limited head. Lots of bubbles but no accumulation.

S - Lots of sour cherries.

T - A very sour and tart start with a vinous finish. Great complexity. The sourness and the wine notes play off and compliment each other. The 10% alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A mouthpuckering bite and a carbonation that delivers and disperses the flavors nicely.

D - Complex and addicting. I love this beer. (515 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to keep going with our Russian river night. Poured from bottle slowly

A- consecration pours lovely reddish brown with flushing to the edges of the glass. A slight haze is evident in the the body the brew.

S- An AWESOME combination of cherries, earthy scent, tobacco, brett, and oak. Not to mention some other musty fruit and the Cabernet components mingling together. So complex yet so smooth and exponentially spiking with flavor. What a combination of themes going on!

T- a sour taste of cherries are meshed with the tobacco earthiness. Just a splendid wine flavor that blends with the oakiness from the barrel aging. The vast properties of the brew lead to an amazing taste experience. Really smooth and drinkable

M- a bit syrupy but the smoothness of the flavor pulls it through

O- Incredible wild ale that takes so many different properties and delivers with a fantastic brew. Not many beers like this in the world. Will be trying to find a way to get more (975 characters)

Photo of femALEist
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Pi Bar for Russian River night during SF Beer week.
Consecration- Barrel aged sour ale with currants added & 10%. One of my all time favorite sours. It poured ruby red. It smelled of sour cherries, oak and funk. It tasted like dried currants, sour pucker, oak, wood and cabernet. Very wine like and tasty.
This is one of my all time favorite beers. (367 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After my foray into Sours with a Rosso e Marrone, I knew I would love this beer...I was right. It does so many things well. The wine and vinous qualities definitely shine in the aroma as well as flavor. The currants add a nice amount of complexity, with the sourness being refreshing and crisp.

This beer is a sipper and one to ponder over, but the drinkability makes it hard for me to savor it. Simply marvelous. CANNOT wait to crack open Supplication and compare the two.

Cheers! (484 characters)

Photo of erikm25
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Popped a loud cap and poured a scorched mahogany with scarlet and ruby iced tinting. Bronzed amaranth highlights. Initially, the head jumped up a softened toffee coloring that quickly fizzled out like a sparkling wine.

S: Sharpened raspberry tipped fangs pierce the nostrils with smoked pungent flavors. Wild fruits and oak toasted grapes. Earth soaked berries drenched in a vanilla and cinnamon cranberry wine. Honey soured orange peels smoked with prunes.

T: This had an acidic fruit trifecta of tart, sweet, and sour tastes. Dipping your third eye into the spiked punch of the universe. Cherries drenched in acid and dipped in sour apple candies. Sugared lime licorice with raisin and resin. Vinegar laced grapes. Astringent and sharpened dry finish. The alcohol is subtle in taste only.

M: Full bodied with each sip sticking around the mouth. Great carbonation like champagne. Finish is incisive.

D: My 150th review on St. Patrick's Day with corned beef brisket and grilled vegetables. Sacrament or Sacrifice? Communion or Condemnation? This beer is truly unique . Drinks both steadily and dangerously. Settled into some Spirit Caravan and Metallica. (1,161 characters)

Photo of icepik
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber color, hazy, almost no head.

S: Fruity aroma reminiscent of cherry and raisins with a hint of sourness and phenol, very nice.

T: Sour –tart flavor, pretty smooth and not too strong, some phenol and wood-wine notes (this is barrel aged after all), fruit notes in the aroma carries through very nicely in the flavor. Some alcohol warmth at finish, but much more tart than boozy.

M: Soft mouth feel, fairly high carbonation gives it a bubbly feel.

O: This is a pretty complex sour ale, but it might be better to call it a "tart" ale. The sourness is better described that way. Highly recommended to try. Really like the balance, it provides a refreshing flavor on the tongue. If you like fruit-tart-wood-wine notes in a beer, you should love this. (766 characters)

Photo of punkindrublic50
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery, as well as in subsequent bottles. Absolutely lives up to the ratings. Pour is a dark amber with a rapidly thinning head, smell is complex and wonderful. Taste is phenomenal: not much of the currents that it is brewed with, but instead cherries and grapes, as well as a pleasant complex sour mouthful. Much more sour taste than funk. Completely drinkable, which you have to watch because at 10% alcohol this will knock you down quick. Can't taste the alcohol at all.

My favorite out of all the Russian River sours I've tried so far. (562 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to hophead101 for sending me this bottle.

Batch 001x1, sampled June 19, 2010.

The beer pours a clear dark red color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get lots of brown sugar, oak, vanilla and a low amount of tartness. The flavor is brown sugar, medium tartness, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This beer matured into a wonderful drink. It was tried alongside Sanctification, Temptation, Supplication and Beatification and I think this beer was easily the star of the show. (531 characters)

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,076 ratings.